Charmy's May 2014 DENVER COIN EXPO Show Report w/lots of Pics!!!

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  1. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    The Denver Coin Expo was the third of three back-to-back shows I recently attended. This show has been going on for many years, but recently was taken over by two very enthusiastic show promoters who enhanced and expanded the show.

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    Other than going through Denver on my way to the ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, the only other time I’d been to Denver was during the ANA National Money Show that was held in Denver a few years ago. Denver is a very beautiful city and I looked forward to seeing Denver again. Me happy to be going to Denver!

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    I left Orange County really early so I could arrive in time for set up on Thursday.

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    Once again, we flew out over the Newport Beach coast before turning and heading east.

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    It was only a 2-hour flight, and soon we were flying over Colorado

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    And descending into Denver

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    At the Denver airport

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    I arrived at the National Western Complex and noticed the bold signage they had around the building, including a huge bold banner on the other side of the building facing the freeway. The building is located in more of an industrial section outside of the city. It’s a very roomy facility but unfortunately is not within walking distance of any hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.

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    Set up was from 11 am through 8pm so I enjoyed having plenty of time to set up my table, and peruse other dealer’s cases.

    This was the first coin I bought at the show

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    Gene Bruder setting up his table

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    Frank and Dawn of DEI (they are the Las Vegas show promoters) setting up their coins and beautiful jewelry

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  3. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    The ANA had on display the famous 1913 Liberty Head Nickel and the 1804 Dollar

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    At 5pm, the dealers were treated to very tasty bbq brisket and beer at a restaurant located inside the convention hall

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    After the show, I checked into my hotel and hung out with several other dealers at the hotel bar for a a drink before retiring to my room to watch some tv. Right after I climbed into bed, I got a text from Rick Snow who had just arrived at the hotel. He had asked if I would put him on my table since he wanted to walk the show for a day, so I knew he was coming to the show, but thought he was arriving the next day. So I got dressed again, and met him for a quick drink back down at the bar. THEN I headed back up to my room and, since I had been up since 4am to catch the early flight, I quickly fell right asleep!


    Since the hotel was a few miles from the show, the show promoters had arranged to have a shuttle take people back and forth, but Rick had rented a car and was nice enough to cart me to the show so I didn’t have to wait for the shuttle. We arrived at the show about an hour before the public. This is the registration area.

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    There was a nice crowd at the show on Friday for most of the day. I sold several coins, mostly raw pieces. I also bought several nice coins for my inventory, including a couple of gorgeous proofs and a beautiful red 1898 Indian cent!

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    Tom/CaptHenway was the first forum member to stop by my table.

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    David/OldIndianNutKase and Rick

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    Knowing how much I love toned copper, David showed me his stunning Indian proof so I just had to get a photo of it!

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    During the day, we had been hearing reports that a huge snow storm would be hitting Denver late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, with some reports stating there would be blizzard conditions. I began to worry that this might cause some trouble flying out on Sunday, and not to mention that I did not bring “snow” attire, so I decided to change my flight and leave Saturday night after the show. I was also hoping to head to Black Hawk one evening to do some gambling but it had already begun to snow there.

    So after the show, we decided to head into the city for dinner – here are some photos around Denver
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    Colorado University had their graduation commencement earlier in the day

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    We drove around until we found a wonderful restaurant along Mall Street, the Rialto Café. They had the best cornbread I’ve ever had. I asked what they put in it to make it so dark, and the waiter said it was a “secret family recipe”!

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  4. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    There was another nice crowd of people at the show on Saturday, and although I was pretty busy showing coins, I didn’t sell much. It seems Denver is more of a silver/gold town, rather than a copper town!

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    This is the snack bar area that sold great brisket sandwiches! (This photo was taken early before lunch.)

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    They also had a presentation on the history of the Denver Mint

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    The kids’ give-away table

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    One of the fantastic show promoters – Chuck Hays

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    And me!

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    Soon it was time to head back to the airport for my trek home! This is a beautiful statue of a wild horse just outside the Denver airport

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    And of course, I stopped to have my customary pre-flight beverage – this time, a very tasty double margarita at the Mile High Bar & Grill!

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    When I boarded, I discovered I had a bulkhead seat right next to the door!

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    As we were taxiing down the runway, I watched through the plane’s window as it began to rain as the clouds were moving in.

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    You could see the dark clouds moving over Denver

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    The beautiful Rocky Mountains!

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    Flying above the clouds!

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  5. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    Me so happy to be going home…

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    Back in Orange County!

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    Having a seat right by the door meant I got to be the first one off the plane!

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    And the John Wayne airport was completely empty!

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    Usually, my hubby picks me up at the airport, but right now he is fulfilling one of his dreams this week – he is driving a race car in the NORRA Mexican 1000 race! It’s a 1300+ mile off-road race from Ensenada to Baja/Cabo and is similar to the Baja 1000. He and his partner bought a race buggy and have spent the past year refurbishing and preparing it for this grueling race, which began today (Sunday)! They even got several people/businesses to help sponsor them – including lil ol me! (Note the small oval “The Penny Lady” sticker next to the “T-Fab” sticker on the front side panel of the car.)

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    Next up, the PCGS Las Vegas invitational show next week, then the Long Beach show the first week of June!


    p.s. I just heard from my California dealer friends who changed their flight out of Denver from Sunday night to Sunday morning, and they said they had to wait an hour and a half while their plane was being de-iced before it could take off, and their flight was the last flight out of Denver to California because the airlines had cancelled all the other flights due to the snow! I am so thankful I changed my flight and came home last night!! :)
     
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  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Thanks for the writeup!
     
  7. Savy

    Savy Well-Known Member

    I can't wait until I'm old enough and have the funds to travel to coin shows across the US! Awesome writeup as always :)
     
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  8. aubade21

    aubade21 Well-Known Member

    I always enjoy your coin show reports. Thank you!
     
  9. gijoe76

    gijoe76 A Penny Saved is a Penny earned

    Hi Charmy. I went to my first FUN Show in January and and my first ANA Money Show in Atlanta and displayed some Lincoln Memorial business strike coins. NGC 1958-Date. First time displaying as well. It was a great experience. I felt overwhelmed going into it but it turned out too be an great learning experience. I had hoped too meet you but you were so busy. Will you be at the FUN show in June? I will be driving over from Tampa just too attend but would enjoy seeing your displays again
     
  10. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    Joe, those are indeed big shows, and I'm glad you enjoyed them. I won't be at the summer FUN show, and the next and last show my exhibit will be on display will be the Chicago ANA show in August. If you make it there, I look forward to meeting you there!
     
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  11. gijoe76

    gijoe76 A Penny Saved is a Penny earned

    After the summer show the next one I will attend will be the next January FUN Show. I have a few coins in my collection as a Lincoln collector you might like to see. So I do not spam your page with a link without your permission you can look me up on the collectors society page under hunter's gold. I know fellow Lincoln collectors will vouch for me. Look forward too meeting you and looking at your amazing collection.
     
  12. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Great write up!! tho I think as much as I love coins I'm more jealous of your husband!! I'm a huge fan of racing anything with a motor!! Never raced in the desert but real familiar with snow!!
     
  13. RickieB

    RickieB Expert Plunger Sniper

    Charmy:

    I just wanted you to know that reading your Show Threads was always an uplifting event for me over the past 2 yrs...even when I was not at my best it was always good to see your threads!

    Thank you..

    Perhaps we will meet again in the near future..

    Warm regards,

    RickieB
     
  14. Westtexasbound

    Westtexasbound Active Member

    I love your posts on your travels.

    I had a question. What is your primary objective for the shows? Networking, education, adding to your inventory, selling?

    Do the dealers that travel typically profit on these trips or is it considered the expense of being in the coin business?

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  15. thetracer

    thetracer Active Member

    GREAT coverage as usual, Charmy!

    I don't know if I saw all the pix, but one had an old iron bridge in it.

    These are historic structures that have been saved from loss or oblivion, just like some of our old coins. Thanks for showing it.
     
  16. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Huh?? Why the "last" one? Apart from that, thanks for your new report - enjoyed it. :)

    Christian
     
  17. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    Thank you everyone, I am so glad you enjoy these reports!

    My husband loves riding and racing offroad vehicles. We also have a sandrail that we take out to Glamis (40 miles of sand dunes in southeast California). And he's been racing vintage offroad motorcycles for years, but now that he's older (and wiser), he has decided to race something a little more "safe." He told me, "with age comes the cage."
     
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  18. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    RickieB - thank you for the very kind compliment! I do look forward to seeing you again if you can make it to any of the shows I attend.
     
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  19. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    The first and foremost reason I attend shows is to buy and sell inventory, this is how I make a living, in addition to selling coins off of my website. Networking with both dealers and collectors is an enjoyable and helpful bi-product of attending shows. And learning is a bi-product of everything I do in this business!
     
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  20. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    I really love seeing old bridges as well, that's why I try to include them in my reports if I see them in the various cities I visit.
     
  21. The Penny Lady®

    The Penny Lady® Coin Dealer

    Before I put together my Penny Potpourri exhibit, I had never even thought about competitive exhibiting. So when I first began my road to exhibiting, I quickly realized it was very hard doing both exhibiting and being a dealer at the same time (for various reasons), so I gave myself one year to display my exhibit and see what happens, then I would retire from exhibiting. It's been mostly a great and rewarding ride, but the Chicago ANA show is where I began, and it is where my exhibiting days will end!
     
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